However, we’ve found in the past that making an event actually free tends to lead lots of signups but an empty hall on the day, and that makes it hard to plan numbers so in this case I am asking for a £20 charity donation to book a spot. When you sign up you have the option to have that go to one of two Scottish Charities.
The Childrens Hospice Association provides end of life care and support for parents of children who will not live to adulthood. I’ve been trying to funnel conference money to them for 10 years and I thunk we’re near £25,000 from various conferences.
Shelter Scotland provides support and assistance for homeless people living on Scotlands Streets. I’ve been personally donating to them for a while, and now you can too.
When you book your ticket you’ll have the option. To keep things simple, that money comes to me and when the conference starts I will total up all the cash I received (Square take fees to process the transaction, but ti.to have generously waived theirs because its for charity) and split it based on the proportion of votes for one or the other and donate it directly. This is a little unorthodox, but it saves me trying to match free tickets against JustGiving or something. I hope you’ll trust me to do the right thing.